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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Happy National Coffee Day


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It’s another one of those silly national “holidays,” but we’ll use any excuse to savor our java. In honor of this very important day, here are some of our favorite coffee prep and delivery vessels.


notNeutral Cooper Hewitt LINO Coffee Mug Set of 4These are a very special series of mugs developed by notNeutral in partnership with the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. This inaugural series features a selection of textile patterns from the museum’s iconic collection, designed by artists Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser during the early 1900’s Wiener Werkstätte era.


Stelton AJ Coffee Serving SetLaunched in 1967, the Cylinda Line designed by Arne Jacobsen immediately attracted considerable attention for its serene and functionalist design. It’ an iconic set any modernist will love for life, and hand down for generations.

Tanssi_coffee_cup_0_2L.jpgiittala Tanssi Coffee Cup. A cup inspired by an opera called “The Cunning Little Vixen” — we’re all in. “Tanssi” means “dance” in Finnish, and it’s also the name for this exuberant new tableware collection illustrated by London-based Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi.


Nambe Bulbo Coffee Canister with Scoop. This sleek little canister combines sleek steel with warm acacia wood. Designed by Lou Henry, it’s the perfect way to store, access and scoop high quality coffee beans.


Eva Solo Madam Solo Coffeemaker. Even the strictest minimalist won’t have trouble leaving this simple porcelain coffeemaker out on the counter. It’s Eva Solo’s modern take on the iconic Danish coffee pot, Madam Blue. The coffee pot enables you to brew coffee in two different ways. Either the traditional way using a coffee filter, or ‘al fresco’, which is how coffee was originally brewed.

links-coffee-set-blk.jpg_1notNeutral Links Coffee Set. Along with the coffee, the strong graphic on these pieces will help you wake up. Inspired by the way bicycle chains fit together, the design is by Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Includes a coffee pot with lid, a creamer and sugar bowl.


Muuto Push Coffee Maker. This contemporary Nordic press fits right in on a shelf full of other favorite shapely objects.  “I wanted to make a coffee press, which is both soft to look at and soft to hold. The friendly shape goes hand in hand with the warm and cozy atmosphere that a good cup of coffee provides.” — designer Mette Duedahl.


Eastvold Elko Coffee Table – Bamboo. Of course, every good hot cup needs a good place to perch. This handmade coffee table is at once contemporary yet fills us with nostalgia for the mid-century modern era.

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Nambe Twist Coaster Set of 6And of course, you’ll want to protect your coffee table. We love this set because it doubles as a gorgeous sculptural piece you’ll admire even when the coasters aren’t in use.

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Whatever you do today, take a second to stop and smell the coffee.



Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Would You Stand Underneath a Chandelier Made of Scissors?


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Our pals over at iittala sent over this video and it gave me a nice little eye candy work break today. It’s of a group of very creative people putting together an amazing pavilion at their parent company, Fiskars. I’m not sure how long it took, but the video gives you the satisfaction of seeing it all come together in a little over two minutes.

I love the chandelier made of Fiskars orange-handled scissors; it’s so clever and beautiful, but adds tension to the space. Which begs the question, how comfortable would you be standing underneath it? I think I would be a bit nervous, yet I would want to see the view from directly beneath it.

The pavilion opened in May of this year at Fiskars Group headquarters in Arabia, Helsinki. Pentagon Design created the installations  from various products from their brands, including Iittala, Fiskars, Gerber, Arabia and Hackman.

The installation includes Ateenan aamu (Morning in Athens) glass pendants and Kastehelmi votives designed by the likes of Kaj Franck and Oiva Toikka creating a pixilated art piece that lets the light through.

Toikka also designed the many beautiful iittala birds I’m constantly coveting. Right now my favorite is the Whooper Swan in Gray, but tomorrow it will probably be the owl or the magpie!

Have you ever seen a really cool installation made of something unexpected? One that sticks out in my mind was a lampshade made of aviator sunglasses at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair years back.


Friday, September 30th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Friday: Clean and Simple Bathroom


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It never ceases to amaze me how much a nice minimal palette in a bathroom works, especially when I’m so often distracted by the use of more and more exotic stones, borders, and tilemania in general. Look at how good black and white looks, especially when styled so well. The Componibili is this icing on the cake. Thanks to flickr member Laurana for posting this!

P.S. Laurana has a great blog, Life Thru a Lens. I can’t read it (I think it’s in Finnish), but the great pictures mean I don’t really need to!


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